EPHS Boosters honor programs and students

L-r: Coach of Cross County Al Logan, runners Joey Logan and Peter Bilden: Leadership, Jennifer Phariss, Advisor Cari Snider and Eduaro Hernandez.
L-r: Coach of Cross County Al Logan, runners Joey Logan and Peter Bilden: Leadership, Jennifer Phariss, Advisor Cari Snider and Eduaro Hernandez.

Cross Country and Leadership activities were recognized by the Eagle Point High School Boosters at their semi-monthly meeting, Oct. 23 at Antonio’s.
    
Coach Al Logan gave a brief history of the sport at Eagle Point, noting the program is once again alive and well with 10 to 15 members, seeking an additional five. Team members run an average of 30-35 miles a week. He said cross country takes discipline, hard work and encouragement.
    

Peter Bilden, a senior, and Joey Logan, a junior, were the students representing the sport.
   
Bilden
has been involved in baseball, track, jazz band and is now the sales
representative in the Virtual Enterprise business building class. He
has five varsity letters, is in the Top 5% and is on the Honor Roll.
   
Bilden is captain of the team, worship leader at his church, a full-time student at RCC as well as at EPHS.
   
Joey
Logan is the coach’s son. He is in Leadership, a LINK leader, involved
in baseball and track. Academically, he is on the Honor roll, in the
top 5% and as a freshman received the Principal’s Award. His plans
include majoring in engineering at Oregon State University.
   
Both boys were in a position to attend state, depending upon the outcome of the meet last week.
   
When
asked how a runner manages to keep running when he is exhausted, Bilden
said once you learn to push through that barrier, you can actually go
faster.
   
Cari Snider is the leadership class instructor.
There are 29 students in the class which means daily except Wednesday
for 50 minutes. Class officers are members of the class. Others are
selected based on an application and interview.
   
Leadership
students are just that; they lead every activity at the high school.
Until last week, they were totally focused on Homecoming. This week
they are working on Red ribbon week. They will be attending a
leadership conference in Seaside Nov 2-4 and then those involved in the
LINKS program will be in Salem for training. LINKS is a new program to
EPHS. It places a freshman with two students to act as guides and
mentors to help them adjust to high school and  know their needs are
supported.
   
Jennifer Phariss, a senior,  and Eduaro Hernandez, a junior, represented the leadership class.
   
Phariss
has been in the Top 5% for three years. She was a gold Gown, is Honor
Society President and Senior Class Secretary. Phariss said the class
helps her prepare for college and life after school. She is active in
her church and works part-time at Cascade Pharmacy.
   
Phariss plans to attend the University of Montana where she will study pharmacy.
   
Hernandez
plays soccer, is a volunteer at the Boys & girls Club in White
City. He has 750 hours in the Job Council forestry Program.  And he is
a champion chess player, placing 1st in the rogue Valley15-18-year-olds
and 2nd in the State Boys & Girls Club Chess tournament.
   
Hernandez exudes a positive, "can do" attitude. He wants to attend Portland State University and focus on the medical field.
   
The next EPHS Boosters luncheon will be Nov. 13 at Abbey’s Pizza in Eagle Point.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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